RUNNING HEADER: ALTERNATIVE VS STANDARD WESTERN MEDICINE: WHICH IS MORE EFFECTIVE?1Alternative vs Standard Western Medicine: Which is more effective?Diana StibakPHI 103 Informal LogicInstructor: Stephen CarterOctober 22, 2018
ALTERNATIVE VS STANDARD WESTERN MEDICINE: WHICH IS MORE EFFECTIVE?2There are many people that stand for using alternative medicine over standard Western medicine, but which one is more effective? We know of the studies that are completed to help support standard Western medicine, and some research to help support alternative medicine. In this paper I will provide the research on both sides of this argument and assess the data provided.I will summarize the key points each side makes and the quality of that source. Lastly, I will discuss the differences in the quality of the reasoning of these sources and how they will influence future research.Argument for Standard Western Medicine Being More EffectiveThis article discusses the feedback from Dr. Paul Offit on why we should stop using alternative medicine and rely on standard Western medicine. He discusses the harm that could be created by believing fully in homeopathic alternative medicine, “When you buy into this notion that homeopathy is anything other than placebo, it's dangerous” (Offit, 2013). He advises how heunderstands that standard Western medicine has become “disenchanting” but we should not rely on alternative medicine that does not have the testing to support it.Below is the argument broken down in standard form:Premise 1: While standard Western medicine has its limits but should not push us to alternative medicine.